Tabitha Travels Back In Time To The ’60s On Next Week’s ‘Riverdale’

by Rachel Bellwoar

So, is it Tuesday or is it Sunday? Lately it’s been slightly more challenging to keep track of Riverdale‘s schedule. The show has moved time slots and changed days of the week. This week, though, the trailer for next week’s episode appears to be equally confused about whether “Angels in America” will be airing next Tuesday or Sunday.

IMDB says Sunday, and Tuesday is only a day away, so Sunday’s the safer bet, but it’s still a pretty big error (especially given the fact that the show hasn’t had a midseason finale yet). Unless there’s not going to be one this year, since there was already a break after Rivervale last fall, but even the fact that Riverdale aired on Easter this year (instead of taking a week off) is unusual.

Maybe all the confusion is meant to mirror the fact that next week’s episode is about time travel. Specifically, Tabitha (Erinn Westbrook) is going to be traveling back in time to the ’60s and a young Pop Tate (Sam Darkoh).

In any case, for those who did spend their Easter (or Passover, or Ramadan) watching Riverdale this year, here are some thoughts on “Folk Heroes”:

  • The problem with a super villain who has mind control abilities is there’s no reason he shouldn’t use his abilities all the time. This week confirmed that Archie (KJ Apa) and his friends aren’t immune to his mind control, but that Percival (Chris O’Shea) hadn’t tried to use his powers on them yet, but that raises the question — why not? Why try to get Veronica (Camila Mendes) to turn on Tabitha and Toni (Vanessa Morgan) the old-fashioned way, instead of making her do it from the start? Is it some powerplay? An ego thing, or is he just not in a rush?
  • Besides providing some nice bonding moments for Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), having Betty help Cheryl with her fire abilities ensured Betty wouldn’t be at the fight to put together why Percival was able to beat Archie up. Jughead (Cole Sprouse) might not have figured it out, but surely FBI agent, Betty, would’ve.
  • Some people bury themselves in their work, but the implication that Toni let her custody battle for Baby Anthony (Ace Rudy Allan Carter) slip her mind was insulting this week.
  • Best Scene: Archie being able to beat Percival’s mind control after focusing on a portrait of his dad, Fred (Luke Perry)

Riverdale airs Sundays (probably) on The CW.

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